Tuesday, 03 June 2014 22:20

Leap into the future with Honeywell cost-saving solution


Honeywell has launched a new service which it says is designed to help manufacturers in the processing industries get their plants up and running faster and at lower cost.

The new service – LEAP - combines Honeywell Process Solutions proprietary hardware and software, virtualisation and cloud engineering to give users greater scheduling flexibility while reducing risk and total automation costs by up to 30%.

Honeywell  Vimal Kapur, president, Honeywell Process Solutions said multiple industries can benefit from an estimated 80% reduction in costs related from unnecessary rework, with LEAP features also helping reduce avoidable schedule delays by up to 90%.

“Automation projects are increasingly difficult to manage — especially as implementations become larger and more complex while still needing to be completed quickly and efficiently.

“LEAP turns project execution workflow on its head, simplifying what has traditionally been a long and expensive process and enabling measurable time and cost savings so plants can focus on the end goal of getting up and running quickly.”

According to Kapur, LEAP represents a major departure from the way plants are typically designed and built by using parallel workflows to keep automation systems off critical implementation paths.

“Traditionally, sequential workflows call for the automation and controls to be implemented during a specified timeframe before the rest of the plant can be completed. This approach poses challenges such as managing changes, which can affect all subsequent steps of the implementation and threaten project schedules and budgets.

“LEAP creates separate streams of work for the physical and functional aspects of project design. This approach allows project engineering to take place from anywhere in the world, and removes workflow dependencies to allow core project tasks to start much earlier in the process. It also dramatically minimises the cost and volume of rework typically associated with automation projects,” Kapur concluded.

LEAP specifically combines three key core technologies available in Honeywell’s Experion PKS Orion:

•    Universal Channel Technology – Honeywell’s proprietary solution allows instant remote configuration of channel types, standardised input/output cabinets, reduction or elimination of marshalling cabinets and reduction in equipment needed

•    Virtualisation – Use of virtual machines in the control system removes dependencies between the functional and physical design, enables standardised server cabinets, reduces hardware requirements and delivers corresponding savings in space, power, cooling and weight

•    Cloud Engineering – Engineering in a secure, centrally hosted cloud environment allows project execution and testing anywhere in the world, delivering improvements in collaboration and travel savings.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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